High schools attend the Bethania Pre-Audition Choral Workshop

Bethania Choral Workshop 2013More than 160 high school singers from around the state participated in the ninth annual Bethania Pre-Audition Choral Workshop at Bethany College on Sept. 26.

Bethany’s music faculty helped prepare the singers audition pieces for their respective district, and eventually for the 2014 Kansas Music Educators Association State Honor Choir. Mass choir rehearsals were led by Mark Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of music and director of choral activities at Bethany. Sectional rehearsals were led by additional members of the Bethany music faculty and guest directors.

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Genetics students to lead forums during “Vision: Health at Vision_Tek”

Vision Health posterBethany College genetics students will lead forums on “his” and “her” health and Type II diabetes during the Lindsborg Community Hospital’s “Vision: Health at Vision_Tek” on Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The event is possible thanks to grant funding from the Smoky Valley Community Foundation’s Healthy Living Fund and the McPherson County Community Foundation’s D/N fund.

The forums will address gender-specific cancers, an overview of colon cancer, and the role of genetics in disease, risk factors for each disease, strategies for prevention, how and when to visit with your medical provider, and the value of self-examination and screening tests.

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Ballew presents at Central Christian College Art Festival

headshot-web-h_FrankBallewDirector of Publications Frank Ballew ’05 was the guest speaker at Central Christian College’s 4th Annual Art Festival on Oct. 12 in the Wesley Black Fine Arts Center as part of the college’s Homecoming weekend activities. The theme was “A Reflection of Kansas.”

Ballew’s presentation featured examples of illustrations and artwork spanning his career, showing how his artistic skills have grown over the years. From rough pencil sketches, to portraits and landscapes, to published illustrations, Ballew’s work started with a series of pencil drawings of the Civil War done in the fifth grade and ended with his most recent rendering, Kansas Morning.

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Faculty members receive Woodward and Burmeister awards

Five faculty members recently received Woodward and Burmeister Endowment awards. The Woodward Endowment for Creative Teaching and Learning supports faculty participating in workshops and activities to enhance creative teaching and effective learning. The Burmeister Endowment for Faculty Scholarship and Creativity supports Bethany faculty research and scholarly travel.

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Lewis presents at Western Conference on British Studies

Linda LewisProfessor of English Linda Lewis, Ph.D., presented her paper “New Adam in the New Eden: Charles Dickens’s Anti-American Rhetoric in Martin Chuzzlewit” at the annual meeting of the Western Conference on British Studies on Oct. 3 in Kansas City, Mo.

Lewis has been at Bethany since 1987. She holds a doctorate from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, a master’s from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a bachelor’s from East Central State.

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Swedes (like Dr. Keir Swisher ’02) succeed!

Keir Swisher

View this billboard southbound on I-135 to Lindsborg

Bethany Swedes succeed! Our students are confident because of the wide background of knowledge, skills, and experiences they gain at Bethany. These enable them to take on challenges and conquer them.

Dr. Keir Swisher ‘02 is just one example of our successful Swedes. Swisher is the co-medical director of the Salina Regional Health Center Emergency Department as a board certified emergency medicine physician.

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College/Community Orchestra features Jakub Omsky in first concert

Jakub Omsky The Bethany College/Lindsborg Community Orchestra will open the season with a fall concert featuring cellist Jakub Omsky on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 4 p.m. in Presser Hall.

The concert is free and open to the public. Omsky’s performance is co-sponsored with the Lindsborg Arts Council.

The concert will feature guest artist Jakub Omsky playing cello on Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” and with violinists Ann Samuelson and Ruth Ann Leaf performing Corelli’s “Concerto Grosso in C minor.” The program will also include an early Haydn symphony, “Le Matin (The Morning) in D major.”

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Business Career Conference draws a crowd

2013 Business Career ConferenceOn Oct. 3, the Bethany College Business Club hosted the 16th Business Career Conference during Homecoming, Hyllningsfest, and Family Weekend activities.

Ryan Swartz, alumnus of 2000, delivered the keynote address about the progression of success. Swartz is a wealth manager with Creative Planning in Overland Park, Kan., where he posted a firm-best $270 million in new client assets in just 15 months. In 2013, he was named a member of Ingram’s Magazine’s “40 Under Forty” list of civic-minded business executives in the region. Prior to Creative Planning, Swartz was one of the youngest employees to make vice president during his eight-year tenure at Fidelity Investments

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Students select Homecoming royalty

2013 Homecoming Royalty

Misha Zhilin, Tessa Peters, Zach Dovenbarger (Homecoming King), Eastin Casey (Homecoming Queen), Jedidiah Duarte, and Kelli Traffas

Nineteen Bethany College students were elected to the 2013 Homecoming court during the college’s Homecoming festivities on Oct. 4 to 6. Every year, Bethany students select seniors to be Homecoming candidates and choose the Homecoming royalty after a second round of voting.

Zach Dovenbarger, Kersey, Colo., and Eastin Casey, Natoma, Kan., were crowned the 2013 Homecoming king and queen.

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